Underground Ghosts

In looking for background on my recent Subway Song post, I was surprised to discover just how many abandoned subway dreams left their mark upon the landscape — and not just New York City’s landscape, either.

A lot of these cases originated in enthusiastic plans for expanding subways after the end of World War I. Then the transit dreams evaporated for varying reasons — changes in political leadership, economic woes during the Depression, the automobile boom of the post-World War II era.

But many remnants of the dreams linger in unfinished lines or never-opened stations. And they’re catnip to a new generation of urban explorers who love chasing “ghost subways” wherever they may be found. Some examples: Cincinnati, or Rochester, or Toronto, or Berlin.

For those of us in the metro-NYC area, here are some additional ghostly subway links:

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One Comment on “Underground Ghosts”

  1. Linda Bonavita says:

    Stunning pictures of City Hall station, Liz….when esthetics was imbued in architecture. Great articles….thanks !
    On a similar note, you might want to check out the abandoned stations in Los Angeles. GM was instrumental in having miles & miles of tracks closed down in order to roll out there cars in the 1950′s (think that’s the correct era).

    Linda


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